M1E5 "Low Top" AbramsCountry of Origin: Banzaidyne Custom Works
DESCRIPTION Threat Value: 3118 OTV: 8156 DTV: 242.86 MTV: 955.025 Size: 13 Default Size: 15 Crew: 2 Bonus Actions: 2 Cost: $7,195,288 Production Type: Limited Production Lemon Dice: 2
MOVEMENT Primary Movement Mode: Ground Combat/Top Speed: 4/8 (48 kph) Secondary Movement Mode: N/A Combat/Top Speed: N/A Maneuver: -2 Deployment Range: 400 km
ELECTRONICS Rating Range ARMOR Sensors +1 3 km Light Damage 25 Communications +1 20 km Heavy Damage 50 Fire Control +1 Overkill 75
CREW Driver, Commander/Gunner
PERKS Name Rating Aux? Automation (replaces 2 crewmembers) 2 Backup Communications Backup Sensors HEAT Resistant Armor 4 Low Profile Reinforced Armor (Front Arc) 10 Smoke Launchers (12 shots) Y
FLAWS Name Rating Aux? Sensor Dependent Traceable Emissions 1
DEFECTS Name Rating Aux? None
WEAPONS Name Code Arc S M L EX Acc Dam Qty ROF Special Ammo M256 120mm/46-cal smoothbore cannon HFG T 8 16 32 64 0 x28 1 0 Indirect Fire 30 Coaxial MAG 7.62mm machinegun LMG T 1 2 4 8 0 x3 1 +4 Anti-Inf 5000
SPECIFICATIONS Type: Concept Main Battle Tank Armor Material: "Chobham" armor with depleted uranium inserts Manufacturer: General Dynamics Land Systems Division / Banzaidyne Armor Thickness: Up to the equivalent to 500mm of armor grade steel (higher on some faces) Height: 2.67 m Maximum Speed: 72 kph on-road Length: 9.83 m Powerplant: Avco-Lycoming AGT-1500 multifuel turbine Weight: 57,880 kg Horsepower: 1500 shp
NOTES This Abrams concept variant is based on the "M1A2 Abrams III 'Giraffe'," which appeared in the First and early Second Editions of the Twilight: 2000 roleplaying game.
Source: American Combat Vehicle Handbook (Game Designers Workshop, 1990), p. 49
When the game was first published in the mid-1980's, there was a great deal of interest in equipping tanks with automated turrets, replacing one or more crewmembers with machinery. This fad did not survive the decade, however, and the M1A2 Abrams that actually entered production is represented here.
This writeup is thus presented for fans of Twilight:2000's "Giraffe", as well as for players who'd like to try something a little different.
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